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text 2018-11-14 11:30
Facts About Me: Pacing Myself

Before 2018, my quickest time for writing a full novel was one month. Then, this year, I managed a whopping 8 days! That was a full novel, of 100k word count, that needed very little editing, all in 8 days.

And I would never do it again.

As great as it was to get the words out of my head, because it was haunting every moment of my waking/sleeping life until I got it out my system, it also killed me. I was utterly exhausted by the time I finished. All creativity was gone. I was over-tired from very little sleep, and I felt as though I may never write again, I was so completely disinterested in writing another book.

I tried to make myself write the sequel after a week's break, but it was a no go. Then I gave myself a month off and tried again. I got a dozen chapters written, but even now – a few months later – I don't feel like they do the story justice.

It was only this month, October, that inspiration once again hit me like a lightning bolt. The story had already existed in 1-2 pages of notes, but the story was by far set or secure. In fact, it had a beginning concept, but no middle or end, and I had only the barest information about the characters or the general plot.

Within the first 3 days, I'd written about 10 pages of notes, including detailed character references, chapter headings, made a mock cover, designed a logo, and created promotional banners. In between all of that, I did a little writing. About a chapter, all in all.

Once all the design concepts were finished, that was when I really got a good crack at writing. Only, this time around, I knew that I needed to take a break, to procrastinate a little throughout the day, to make sure I didn't end up back where I started.

I still managed to write nearly 150k of "The Boys Who Didn't Love Me" in just 17 days.

Writing a complete novel in so short a time is great, especially when the story needs little editing afterwards, but when it interferes with your physical and mental health, then even as an author you have to take a step back and reevaluate what a completed story is really worth.

 

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review 2018-11-14 08:07
Lovely Little Liar (Blackwell-Lyon Book 1) by J Kenner
Lovely Little Liar (Blackwell-Lyon Book 1) - J. Kenner

 


Love has a way of making believers out of the most surprising individuals. Jez and Pierce are clueless when it comes to love. Lust is another matter. Lovely Little Liar is battle of hearts that will make sure that frown turns into a smile and even the most jaded of hearts believes in the happily ever after. J. Kenner keep the senses of full alert while putting a move on the heart. Loved it.
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text 2018-11-14 05:25
Back with Harry for another round!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

What an absolute pleasure to be back in the world of Harry Potter!  When I finished the series 7 years ago the first thing I said was that I would like to read it again some day.  And now a member of my book club picked The Sorcerer's Stone for our November read!  Thrilled!  And this time I am listening on Audible...  and loving every second of it!  

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review 2018-11-14 02:52
Swashbuckling Adventure with an Enchanting Twist
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

 

We're outnumbered. Outgunned. Seven of my men lie dead on their backs. Two more jumped overboard as soon as they saw the black flag of the Night Farer on the horizon.

 

- opening paragraph

 

Seventeen-year-old Alosa is not only the daughter of the Pirate King, but also a captain of her own ship, and a powerful fighter with more than a few tricks up her sleeve. She allows herself to be captured in order to complete a mission for her father - to find one-third of an ancient map which leads to a legendary treasure.

 

Alosa is a strong, smart, fierce fighter, and she has a secret which can bend any man to her will. I like her character, but she seems a bit cocky at times and I couldn't figure out why (until the reveal). I love that Riden (the first mate of the pirates who unwittingly take Alosa prisoner) is clever enough to see through most of Alosa's tricks. Their rivalry makes it impossible for them to even imagine liking each other, but they can't deny they are both clever and strong-willed.

 

Alosa is easy to root for. Her relationship with Riden sometimes seems a certain disaster and other times seems meant to be. This book is well-written, exciting, and filled with action and unexpected twists. Even during the last battle, things happen that you won't see coming.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a high seas adventure with a strong female lead - young adults and adults too.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-13 23:07
Fun Read!
Lip Action (Kiss Talent Agency Book 1) - Virna DePaul

Lip Action is a fun contemporary romance by Virna DePaul.  Ms. DePaul has given readers a well-written story and furnished it with outstanding characters.  Marissa is being pressured to go back to her ex by her mother.  Simon is up for a starring role in a new movie but needs to shine up his reputation with a steady girlfriend.  Simon and Marissa's story is loaded with drama, humor, snark and sizzle.  This book is written in first person, alternating point of view format, not my favorite.  Ok, actually I hate it.  But, Ms. DePaul made it work in this story.  I enjoyed reading Lip Action and look forward to reading more from Virna DePaul in the future.  Lip Action is book 1 of the Kiss Talent Agency Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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